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Regular Block Train Service between Lianyungang in China and Istanbul in Turkey launched on the Middle Corridor

The block train has departed from the Kazakh-Chinese logistics terminal in the port of Lianyungang (China). The train will proceed along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor) through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to its final destination – Istanbul. The first shipment formed by twenty-one FEU container with …

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Philip Morris’s IQOS Seen Benefiting From FDA Flavor Crackdown

Philip Morris's IQOS Seen Benefiting From FDA Flavor Crackdown

The unintended consequence of the U.S.’s decision to combat teen vaping could be a bump for IQOS, made by traditional cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc., one analyst says. IQOS, a “heat-not-burn” product, is already available in Japan, Korea and some other markets, and an application to sell it in the U.S. …

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Qatar is Leaving OPEC From 2019

The small, gas-rich state of Qatar said Monday that it will leave the oil cartel on January 1 after nearly 60 years of membership. The country’s state oil company, Qatar Petroleum, made the announcement in a series of tweets. “The withdrawal decision reflects Qatar’s desire to focus its efforts on …

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Today Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Head of the United Nations in Georgia, Louisa Vinton; Ambassador of Sweden to Georgia, H.E. Ulrik Tideström; Head of Development Cooperation of the Embassy of Sweden in Georgia, Molly Lien; and Minister of Justice of Georgia, Thea Tsulukiani, are visiting the Public Service Hall …

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The EU Plans to Test an AI Lie Detector at Border Points

Trials for AI lie detection at border patrol checkpoints are set to begin soon in the EU. The program, called iBorderCtrl, will run for six months at four border crossing points in Hungary, Latvia and Greece with countries outside the European Union, as reported by Gizmodo. iBorderCtrl is an EU-funded project that …

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Asia-Pacific Takes Stock of Ambitious Development Targets

Ministers and senior policymakers across Asia and the Pacific are gathered in Bangkok this week to focus on population dynamics at a crucial time for the region. Their goal: to keep people and rights at the heart of the region’s push for sustainable development. They will be considering how successful …

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Antivaping Hysteria Is Unhealthy

FOR NO RATIONAL REASONS, healthcare officials and antismoking crusaders are waging war against vaping, even though millions of people have found it to be the only effective way to give up smoking. Users get the pleasure of nicotine while avoiding tar and other substances in cigarettes that are truly lethal. What …

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WTM 2018: Travel Industry Urged to Adopt Alternatives to Smoking

An international tobacco company is using the platform of World Travel Market to call on the travel industry to help “accelerate the achievement of a smoke-free world”. Philip Morris International claims to have a vision where smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke replace cigarettes with better alternatives. The company …

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Experts forecast HUAWEI to move to the first place and replace Samsung

According to indicators of leading analytical companies – IDC, IHS Markit and Counterpoint,  HUAWEI keeps surpassing Apple in number of sold smartphones and remains the world’s second major company in the third quarter in terms of global sales of smartphones. HUAWEI surpassed Apple in terms of sales and ranked second. …

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Are E-Cigarettes Safe? Here’s What the Science Says

In 1965, when Herbert Gilbert was granted the first patent on a smoke- and tobacco-­free cigarette, he wrote that the product would “provide a safe and harmless means for and method of smoking.” More than 60 years later, however, modern iterations of Gilbert’s invention have sparked debate in the public-health …

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